2011 Legislative Agenda : Capitol Watchdogs Wanted
"The same goes with Card Check," she adds. "The NLRB can take certain measures, pass pieces like quickee elections, which would shorten the amount of time that employers have to educate their employees on the decision to join a union. Internet voting for union elections would have the same negative consequences that you would see with Card Check. Someone can watch you on the Internet like someone could come to your house and sign you on a card."
Lyons believes the Obama Administration is going to have to take a regulatory approach to accomplishing various aspects of its agenda since the Republican led House of Representatives is now able to block bills legislatively.
One of the current hot-button topics for printers is their inability to secure financing for capital expenditures. The access to credit route has primarily been Small Business Association (SBA) loans, which the industry lobbyist says isn't nearly helpful enough. The Wall Street financial bill, she believes, could offer some solutions in the near future. She cites, as an example, the small business protections that were built into the rule-making procedures of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The key, according to Lyons, is creating an environment that would encourage community banks and credit unions to increase small-business lending, perhaps via regulatory changes that would provide more flexibility to lenders. Alternatives to legislation could provide some avenue to access for printers.
The news that Obama was extending bonus depreciation for new capital equipment purchases was welcome news in the graphic arts industry. However, many printers would also like to see bonus depreciation extended, to some degree, to companies that acquire and install used equipment.
Workforce development is another concern for printers, particularly with a worker pool that is getting long in the tooth. Vocational programs at the high school level are dwindling. Lyons is confident that some kind of bipartisan initiative could provide educational reforms that would increase the skill level of the printing workforce. PI